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Meaning & Definition of Even in English

English

Even

/ivɪn/

noun

1. The latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)

  • "He enjoyed the evening light across the lake"
    synonym:
  • evening
  • ,
  • eve
  • ,
  • even
  • ,
  • eventide

verb

1. Make level or straight

  • "Level the ground"
    synonym:
  • flush
  • ,
  • level
  • ,
  • even out
  • ,
  • even

2. Become even or more even

  • "Even out the surface"
    synonym:
  • even
  • ,
  • even out

3. Make even or more even

    synonym:
  • even
  • ,
  • even out

adjective

1. Divisible by two

    synonym:
  • even

2. Equal in degree or extent or amount

  • Or equally matched or balanced
  • "Even amounts of butter and sugar"
  • "On even terms"
  • "It was a fifty-fifty (or even) split"
  • "Had a fifty-fifty (or even) chance"
  • "An even fight"
    synonym:
  • even
  • ,
  • fifty-fifty

3. Being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture

  • Or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
  • "An even application of varnish"
  • "An even floor"
  • "The road was not very even"
  • "The picture is even with the window"
    synonym:
  • even

4. Symmetrically arranged

  • "Even features"
  • "Regular features"
  • "A regular polygon"
    synonym:
  • even
  • ,
  • regular

5. Occurring at fixed intervals

  • "A regular beat"
  • "The even rhythm of his breathing"
    synonym:
  • even
  • ,
  • regular

6. Of the score in a contest

  • "The score is tied"
    synonym:
  • tied(p)
  • ,
  • even
  • ,
  • level(p)

adverb

1. Used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected

  • "Even an idiot knows that"
  • "Declined even to consider the idea"
  • "I don't have even a dollar!"
    synonym:
  • even

2. In spite of

  • Notwithstanding
  • "Even when he is sick, he works"
  • "Even with his head start she caught up with him"
    synonym:
  • even

3. To a greater degree or extent

  • Used with comparisons
  • "Looked sick and felt even worse"
  • "An even (or still) more interesting problem"
  • "Still another problem must be solved"
  • "A yet sadder tale"
    synonym:
  • even
  • ,
  • yet
  • ,
  • still

4. To the full extent

  • "Loyal even unto death"
    synonym:
  • even

Examples of using

How is this even possible?
I love him, but he doesn't even know I exist.
I don't even know how to respond to that.